Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is his own harshest critic.

He won’t point to a rash of tipped and mishandled passes that have led to a shoddy interception total and porous (minus-4, 29th in the NFL) turnover margin.

Even if he did, all of the team’s six turnovers are credited to the league’s reigning MVP. In addition, there’s a poor completion rate on deep passes, and the offense is getting stuck too often in the red zone.

During the team’s bye week, Ryan had a chance to consider all of those issues and how the team can improve its performance on third down-and-mid-range (6 to 10 yards) situations.

The tipped passes -- Mohamed Sanu (against Detroit ), Justin Hardy (Buffalo) and Tevin Coleman (Buffalo) – that led to interceptions have Ryan on pace for a career-high 20 interceptions. He threw seven last season.

Ryan doesn’t seem upset with the fluky plays.

“It’s one of those things,” Ryan said. “Sometimes, it happens, you know. That’s part of playing the game. Some times you have tipped balls. Some times you have some plays that don’t go your way.”